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2012 School Beautification Event with Nissan and Irving ISD!
Parents Step Ahead, Nissan and
Irving ISD Team Up To Help In
“Making the Right Decisions”
Volunteers work to beautify campuses and learn
about bullying & driver safety
On Saturday, May 19th Parents Step Ahead in partnership with Nissan worked with parents, students, teachers, and community leaders to organize a day of community service and to learn about some of the most critical issues affecting our children’s safety. More than 200 volunteers participated at John and Margie Stipes Elementary, Lamar Middle School, and Barbara Cardwell Career Preparatory Center in Irving, Texas.
The schools developed special projects based on student needs to enhance the learning environment of each campus. These projects included clothes closets and clothing drive for students in need, school grounds clean-up, and the creation of a parent center.
“It is so exciting to have our parents involved at Stipes Elementary by volunteering and helping us keep our school looking good,” affirmed Julia Peña, Assistant Principal at John and Margie Stipes Elementary. “It sets a great example to our students when they see that the community cares for their school.”
The day began with a kick-off rally at Lamar Middle School with Superintendent Dr. Dana Bedden giving opening remarks for the event. During the rally, families learned about the importance of safe teenage driving habits and how to defend against bullying, especially cyber-bullying. Given that as many as half of all children are bullied at some time during their school years and teens have higher crash rates than any other age group, parents and students were empowered to take a stand and make smart decisions online and on the road. Raul Magdaleno, Parents Step Ahead board member and past Nissan scholarship recipient, was a guest speaker and gave remarks along with Irving City Manager Tommy Gonzalez and Councilwoman Gwen Craig. McDonald’s provided breakfast for all the volunteers.
“Nissan has been a huge supporter of Parents Step Ahead and our community initiatives. We were excited to have been able to work with them for the second year in a row and celebrate the importance of family involvement,” affirmed Lupita Colmenero, Founder and Chair of Parents Step Ahead. “Promoting community service and family safety are great ways to engage our families and ensure that they are making the decisions that will help them succeed in the future.”
About Parents Step Ahead:
Parents Step Ahead is a 501-C3 nonprofit organization with a
mission “to recognize, educate, enable and empower parents to take a
proactive role in the educational and personal development of their
children.” The organization works in partnership with corporations and
community organizations to offer a series of programs for parents to
demonstrate the importance of parental involvement. Programs are free and
include dinner, childcare, and raffle prizes such as desktop computer. Please
About Nissan Americas:
In the Americas, Nissan’s operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program and was recognized as an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency in 2010 and 2011. More information on Nissan in North America, the Nissan LEAF and zero emissions can be found at www.nissanusa.com.
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Japan’s second-largest automotive
company, is headquartered in Yokohama, Japan, and is part of the Renault-Nissan
Alliance. Operating with more than 248,000 employees globally, Nissan provided
customers with more than 4.1 million vehicles in 2010, generating revenue of
8.77 trillion yen ($102.37 billion U.S.). With a strong commitment to
developing exciting and innovative products for all, Nissan delivers a
comprehensive range of 64 models under the Nissan and Infiniti brands. A pioneer in zero-emission mobility, Nissan made history with the introduction of the
Nissan LEAF, the first affordable, mass-market, pure-electric vehicle and
winner of numerous international accolades, including the prestigious 2011
European Car of the Year award and 2011 World Car of the Year. For more
information on our products, services and commitment to Sustainable Mobility,
visit our website at http://www.nissan-global.com/EN/.
Programs & Communications Coordinator
Tel: (214) 357-2186
Fax: (214) 357-2195